Since all of our adoptable cats and kittens come from other partner shelters, they have been exposed to various Upper Respiratory Infections. Think of a shelter environment like a kindergarten class. One child comes to school with a cold, but while all the kids in the class have been exposed, not all of them will get sick.
While the cat/kitten may show no signs of illness while here at The NOAH Center, it is not uncommon for them to become symptomatic from the stress of having their spay/neuter surgeries and/or entering a new home environment.
Common symptoms include sneezing and clear discharge from their eyes or nose. While healthy, adjusted cats overcome their “colds” quickly without treatment, shelter pets can take a little longer due to the extra stresses they’ve had in their lives.
Please watch your kitty closely for the following signs that they need veterinary care:
- labored breathing
- lack of appetite
- eye discharge turning yellow or green,
If you are seeing these signs, your cat or kitten may have developed a secondary infection and could require antibiotics prescribed by your veterinarian.
Upper Respiratory Infections can infect other cats in your home, which is one of the many reasons we strongly encourage that adopters provide each new kitty with a “sanctuary” room for 7 to 10 days before being introduced to the other pets in the household.